Help Us Monitor George Carden Circus Elephants

The George Carden Circus performs annually in Madison. This year Alliance for Animals’ volunteers attended the circus shows at the Alliant Energy Center, documenting what they observed. The George Carden Circus elephants displayed the abnormal stereotypic behaviors of animals held in small confined spaces such as, swaying and bobbing their heads. These elephant were chained in place when they were not being forced to perform.

We are particularly concerned about three of the Asian elephants (Betty, Troy, and Bimbo). While inside, volunteers observed these elephants with severe stiffness, abnormal gait, and open wounds on the backs of their legs. Following a complained filed by Alliance for animals, the USDA conducted an inspection of the George Carden Circus and found serious violations of the Animal Welfare Laws. The USDA has requested the George Carden Circus to provide adequate veterinary care for these three elephants and to have them evaluated to assess their ability to perform.

We are looking for volunteers to “Follow the Circus” and monitor the George Carden Circus elephants. Although the elephant can’t ask us for help one certainly tried to ask for help by reaching out to one of our volunteers with her trunk.

We need people in the following areas:
Janesville, Wisconsin May 17
Fon du Lac, Wisconsin May 18
Oshkosh, Wisconsin May 19
Neenah, Wisconsin May 20
Sheboygan, Wisconsin May 21 & 22
Manitowoc, Wisconsin May 23
Shawano, Wisconsin May 24
Antigo, Wisconsin May 25
Rhinelander, Wisconsin May 26
Amherst, Wisconsin May 27
Wausau, Wisconsin May 28
Wausau, Wisconsin May 29
Waupaca, Wisconsin May 30
West Bend, Wisconsin May 31
Elkhorn, Wisconsin June 1
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin June13
Lancaster, Wisconsin July 5
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin July 6
Wautoma, Wisconsin July 7
Marshfield, Wisconsin July 8
Medford, Wisconsin July 9
Tomah, Wisconsin July 10

More shows in Wisconsin here.

Please contact us at for more information.


2 thoughts on “Help Us Monitor George Carden Circus Elephants

  1. The George Carden (Shrine) Circus just ended a four day run at the Minneapolis Target Center. I discovered this blog after the fact, but wish I had seen it earlier..


  2. I just left one of their performances in Claremore Okla. tonite. I noticed what appeared to be a wound on the left hind side of one of the smaller elephants . just a fyi.


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